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Kristen Dettoni at Snow Farm working on a punch needle piece.

Learn Needle Punch with Kristen at Snow Farm

You’re invited!  Join me in May 2023 at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program to learn the art of needle punch. I first learned needle punch on a trip to Scotland. Ever since, I continue to create unique pieces, many of which have been exhibited in galleries around the United States. This year, I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach this to you at Snow Farm. And it’s not just needle punch, we’ll also dye our own yarn using natural dyes.  

If you’ve never heard of Snow Farm, it is a nonprofit residential craft school located in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. This town, in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, is a beautiful area rich with artists and the nearby college towns of Northampton and Amherst. (Bonus for fiber lovers: Northampton is home of Webs and they have a physical store you can shop.)

Kristen Dettoni sitting on step outside fibers building at Snow Farm Craft.

In March 2022, I completed a two-week artist residency at Snow Farm. During this time, I had the entire fiber studio to myself with nothing but pure creative time. I enjoyed feeling completely free to just be creative in this beautiful place and explore new concepts and ideas without interruption. I was thrilled when Snow Farm invited me back to teach.

Kristen Dettoni working on punch needle art piece with natural dyed yarn.

Needle Punch Class Description

Needle punching is a fun, easy technique that combines elements of rug hooking and embroidery and yields beautiful results. In this workshop, start by hand-dyeing wool with natural elements such as cochineal and madder. Then combine the dyed yarn with other colors and design an 8” x 8” wall hanging using both loop and cut pile. Learn about color combinations, basic composition, and how to be spontaneous with the yarn. No experience necessary. No supply fee; an instructor kit fee of $110 is payable in class and includes the frame and punch needle for students to take home.

The class runs for three days, and lodging is available on the Snow Farm grounds.

Punch Needle art piece made by Kristen Dettoni at Snow Farm Craft.

If you have any questions about what this class will be like, please reach out. If you’re interested, I recommend registering today. Connection is a big part of Snow Farm’s mission. They state on their website, “Snow Farm is a community, bringing people together who share a belief that creating is powerful, and creating with others can be life-changing.” Smaller classes help facilitate a valuable learning environment as well making space for meaningful connections.

I hope to see you at Snow Farm in May!  

Photo credit: Erin Long Photography

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Kristen Dettoni

Kristen is a visionary textile designer based in Southern New Hampshire with a track record of industry-defining contributions dating back to 1993. She is the Founder of Design Pool and Domanda Design and is an occasional blogger. Her creative influence is reflected in her work across multiple sectors, including automotive, office, hospitality, healthcare and home furnishings. Kristen is an accomplished designer with over thirty years of experience in design with a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She maintains an art practice and exhibits her artwork in juried and group shows throughout the United States. Her artwork has received numerous awards and honorable mentions. Whatever her creative pursuit, Dettoni approaches it with a strong belief in the power of good design to transform our environments and ultimately, our lives.


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